Saturday, January 1, 2022

Matthew Hickey KO4RGZ Participated in the ISS SSTV Event

I participated in the ISS SSTV event for the end of the year and have attached the best of my SSTV images for anyone who might be interested in seeing the results. I used a Yaesu FT3D to demodulate the FM signal on 144.800MHz as each pass went over my QTH (EM70de). I used gpredict on Linux for pass prediction and hand tracked the satellite with a compass and Arrow Antenna Yagi (2m/70cm, produced in the USA). For the decode, I used qsstv on Linux which has an auto-slant correction and was able to produce a number of clean images from recordings I made on the FT3D. I worked all possible passes (even those at 3am!) during the event, except 3. The image collection this year was 12 images focused on Lunar Exploration, including craft and events of historical importance. 

You can see some of my best decodes on the ARISS gallery homepage at https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php and if you search for my call sign you will see all images captured in total. I also posted regularly throughout the event to Twitter with each pass and capture, you can find me there as@KO4RGZ.  

I wish all members a Happy New Year and an excellent 2022. 

Matthew Hickey KO4RGZ














SSTV image statistics received:
1/12: 7
2/12: 6
3/12: 4
4/12: 2
5/12: 3
6/12: 4
7/12: 3
8/12: 2
9/12: 2
10/12: 4
11/12: 6
12/12: 8
Total images received: 51
Images accepted to ARISS Gallery: 13 
Images pending review: 8
ISS passes worked from EM70de: All except 3.
Awards received: 2

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Season's Greetings from Panama City ARC

PCARC,

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your families.


Have a safe and joyous holiday season.

Bob
WB8PAF
President PCARC

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Panama City Amateur Radio Club!




Beginner's Academy Talk: Why WSPR?

WSPR or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter was our topic at the December 13th Zoom meeting. WSPR is yet another interesting activity for ham radio operators. See the recorded talk below.

If you are a beginner or returning ham you are welcome to join us on Zoom. Use the contact form on this site to request an invitation. You may need to view the site in desktop mode to see the form on the right-side panel.



You may also be interested in the Saltwater Effect Experiment Talk below where WSPR was a key part of the study.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Beginner's Academy Talk: Why Try Contesting?

Our group discussed amateur radio contests at our Beginner's Academy Zoom Meeting on Nov 29th, 2021. You may want to be a casual or even a serious contester. See the recorded talk below.

If you are a beginner or returning ham you are welcome to join us on Zoom. Use the contact form on this site to request an invitation. You may need to view the site in desktop mode to see the form on the right-side panel.


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Beginner's Academy Talk: Why QRP? Low Power Ham Radio

Our group discussed low power ham radio, QRP, at our Beginner's Academy Zoom Meeting on Nov 15, 2021. You may be surprised what a five-watt radio can do on the HF ham bands.

If you are a beginner or returning ham you are welcome to join us on Zoom. Use the contact form on this site to request an invitation. You may need to view the site in desktop mode to see the form on the right-side panel.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Why Ham Radio?

Josh Nass, KI6NAZ, of Ham Radio Crash Course talks about what ham radio is, and answers the question.... "Why Ham Radio?"  If you are interested in ham radio drop us a note on our contact form with your name, location, and callsign, if you have one.


 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Shameless Plug on Local Podcast

Ashley KO4CVX plugs our Ham Radio oriented Beginner's Academy Zoom on the podcast In The Beer Cave with Rob and Ashley. If you are interested in ham radio drop us a note on the contact form with your name, location, and callsign if you have one.